Tuesday, November 19, 2013

institution of conformity

What was most striking to me was the fact that the questioning of primary education hasn’t occurred to me at all previous to Foucalt. Even then I was somewhat skeptical. It is the combination of social indoctrination and disciplinary normalization; modern universal education is a phenomenon that arose over the past century that has become one of the most fundamental ideas in the world. People who question such a vital pillar of society are discredited as conspiracy theorists, or radicals who despise normality. And it is too easy to justify the concept of schooling with normal psychological biases; it is such an enormous part of everyday life, and it is ubiquitous, it must have become this way because of the benefits it brings to those that undergo such education. 

via http://infraredskies.hubpages.com/hub/The-Modern-Education-System-As-An-Institution-of-Conformity